Get Connected…To Your Community

As a Realtor, I love it when I get to work in my own community. Why? Well, let me tell you.

Whether as a listing agent or a buyer’s agent, when someone is interested in my neighborhood or community I get excited. The reason for this is familiarity. I know my neighborhood, the people in it, the local shop owners, restaurant and bar owners, etc. very well. I love sharing my knowledge with people considering a purchase there or with buyers who come to visit a listing.

We all know the importance of using the internet for real estate information. It provides us statistics, listing information, and local business info amongst other things. That said, there is nothing that can replace the real people who live and work in our communities.

Get out and do some researching through immersion. Take a walk in your areas of interest with your Realtor and let them share with you their local knowledge. I love touring with clients and sharing the local knowledge I have. Technology is amazing but nothing beats the real thing. The human connection.

Contact Gabriel for your free consultation to buy or sell a home in San Francisco or Oakland.

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Is Staging a Home Important? Absolutely!

As a busy listing agent in one of the hottest markets in the world, I discuss the importance of staging with my sellers all the time. Some resist thinking that the cost isn’t worth it. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It is proven that staging costs come back to you at, typically, 5 times or more when it’s time to review offers. It may be possible to get away with not staging outside of major metropolitan areas but in a place like San Francisco, it is imperative that potential buyers envision themselves living in a home when they come to your open house and see you listing online. This one step can keep you from leaving thousands of dollars on the table. Important decision? You bet!

Staging your home can also help you to de-clutter your home and utilize furniture that is appropriately sized and up-to-date with current trends that potential buyers can connect to. Have you ever gone to a home and seen a sofa the size of an aircraft carrier in a tiny living room? I have. It takes over the room and simply doesn’t work. It makes the room seem smaller than it is and will most definitely turn buyers off.

Take a look at this graph that shows the highlights and benefits of staging and also shows the ranking of rooms to stage for more effect.

To list your home and for more helpful information about staging and selling your property, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or at 415-562-6999.

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Home Financing Trends from 2013

Let’s take a look at some of the trends with California’s home buyers and their financing scenarios including Appraisal successes, Length of Loan Terms, and how many needed a loan to purchase.

Home Financing Trends